Trying to follow the dictates of other ages or ignoring the conditions of the age in which we live or the company to which we have been called can lead to a fruitless, confusing and frustrating Christian life.
So let’s take a quick look at “the present age.”
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ... Titus 2:11-13
This is seen in a number of passages (see: my short study on Timothy’s Circumcision) , but can be demonstrated by Paul’s directions in regard to widows and marriage.
- But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am [unmarried]... he who is married cares about the things of the world. -1 Cor 7:8, 32 (written during the Pentecostal/Acts Age)
- Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully. -1 Tim 5:14 (Post-Acts)
- You come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ... (1:7)
- But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had none (7:29a)*
- For the form of this world is passing away. (7:29c)
A helpful chart for your consideration:
Two instructions which “differ”
Different Order, Different Callings, Different Hopes
- But when the Jews spoke against it, I was compelled to appeal to Caesar, not that I had anything of which to accuse my nation. For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you,because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.” (Acts 28:19-20)
- Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come... (Acts 26:22)
To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places... (Eph 3:8-10, Post Acts)
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. (Gal 3:8-9, Acts Age)